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Announcing AngelSummit Americas in Miami this April

First conference focused on increasing startup investing across the Americas to be held in Miami, April 14-15.

MIAMI — January 20, 2016 — Startup Angels, a global platform that provides services to new angel investors, will host the AngelSummit Americas conference, bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from across the Americas to connect and learn how to make successful investments in the startup sector. Supported by $125,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the event is being held from April 14-15 in the lead up to global technology conference eMerge Americas, an AngelSummit Americas partner. (more…)

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11 Reasons Why Chattanooga is the Next Boulder

When you think of gorgeous mountain communities with world-class climbing and whitewater rafting, fantastic cultural options, exciting new restaurants, a history of entrepreneurship and a hot startup scene, what comes to mind? Seattle? Boulder? How about Chattanooga?

We knew Chattanooga was something special when we chose it to be the host city for AngelSummit US 2015. Now that we’ve spent some time in the ‘Scenic City’ we’re convinced it’s destined to become the next Boulder.

So here’s our list of the top 11 reasons why Chattanooga is the next Boulder.

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Are startup investors ready for the Middle East?

This past Spring, I had the pleasure of joining approximately 100 startup investors in Bahrain to see some of the Middle East’s best early-stage companies. From Lebanon to the Emirates to Egypt and beyond, 45 startups — many recent graduates of top accelerators — presented their traction and visions of the future. Most were good; some were exceptional. And despite being immersed in frigid Gulf-quality air-conditioning for their pitches, the energy of the entrepreneurs and readiness of the investors was palpable.

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It’s a Great Time to Invest in Spain Startups

March 2009, Spain: With the Great Recession throttling the world, more than 3.5 million Madrileños found themselves facing record unemployment. As the national jobless rate climbed to 36%, savings disappeared and hope dwindled. While fear gripped the nation and beyond, some Madrid citizens kindled their spirit to fight. (more…)

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Startup Rising: Colombia

This post was originally published here and was co-written with Chris Schroeder, Venture Investor, Internet CEO and Author.

How often in investment history do you see this? A country with the 3rd largest population among its geographic peers; a well educated, growing middle class; and the fastest growing economy in its region. Mobile penetration is fast approaching 100% and two-thirds of the country will have broadband connection within three years. Most travel surveys put one of its leading cities among the top 20 places to visit. (more…)

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Big Potential in Little Rock

You can be forgiven for thinking that angel investing is a coastal phenomenon. As we’ve observed, the Bay Area still receives as much as 40 percent of the country’s venture capital, with Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle collectively receiving around another 34 percent. So where does this leave the rest of the country? Have politicians been wrong in touting small town “Main Street” as the beating heart of America’s economy? (more…)

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